Stationery Show Sneak Peek: Fig. 2 Design Studio

I can’t help but feel an enormous sense of DC area pride when it comes to this next sneak peek designer – Claudia from Fig. 2 Design Studio!  Claudia made a big splash during her NSS debut last year with neon greeting cards, whimsical gift tags, and gorgeous wedding invitations, and I’m sure she’s going to knock it out of the park again this year.  Claudia is adding three new designs to her two wedding albums, Fresh and Felicity, and today she’s sharing a peek into the new Fresh album designs!  Each reflect Claudia’s fun and festive aesthetic, from bright neon typography to fun stripes and copper foil-stamped confetti.

Thanks Claudia!

Fig. 2 Design Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Claudia’s fabulous work right here!

Photo Credits: 1, 3, and 4 by Erica McCartney, 2 by Mary Kate McKenna, both for Fig. 2 Design Studio

Stationery Show Sneak Peek: Sugar Paper

My walking list for the National Stationery Show is already well past 100 booths (which is both awesome and overwhelming), but the Sugar Paper booth is definitely at the top of that list.  The ladies of Sugar Paper are returning to the show after a couple of years away, and their latest collection looks absolutely amazing!  With lots of new greeting cards, art prints, even calendars and new gift wrap sheets making their debut, I can’t wait to see the full collection at the show!






Yay!  Thanks Chelsea and Jamie!

Photo Credits: Sugar Paper

Lorie + David’s Gold Steampunk Letterpress Wedding Invitations

I love it when wedding invitation suites combine mixed materials!  Emily and Dianna from Fourth Year Studio created these invitations for a couple planning a wedding at an historic theatre followed by a coffee house reception.  The gold ink and subtle lace blind impression letterpress pattern are perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding, while the brown paper outer envelopes help the overall suite from being too formal.

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From Emily and Dianna: David and Lorie were married at the Bijou Theatre and held their wedding reception at a local coffee shop.  The rich colors and textures of the theater lead to a steampunk theme that carried its way through the wedding and reception.

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It was important that the invitations be rich and intriguing without being overly fussy.  A vellum inner envelope was sealed with red wax to introduce another layer of texture and depth.  A subtle lace pattern was pressed into the creamy cotton stock framing the gold letterpress printed text.

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A brown paper bag served as the outer envelope and was sealed with gold striped washi tape.  Each address was typed using a vintage typewriter.

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Thanks Emily and Dianna!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: 5 Rings Photography

Stationery Show Sneak Peek: Fine Day Press

Happy Monday everyone!  We’re starting the week off with another Stationery Show sneak peek, this time from Ashley at Fine Day Press!  I love the way Ashley mixes color and pattern in her work, and the new collection debuting this weekend is no exception.  The new collection includes some fun letterpress printed birthday and thank you cards that combine gold foil with bright pink and yellow hues, pocket journals with gold foil pattern covers, and patterned coaster sets.

Fine Day Press debuted a gorgeous watercolor calendar at last year’s Stationery Show, so I’m thrilled to see the calendar make a return this year!  This year’s calendar features abstract botanical patterns in both wall and desk format.  So pretty!


Thanks Ashley – I can’t wait to see everything at the show!

Photo Credits: Fine Day Press

Friday Happy Hour: The Pisco Sour

In keeping with last week’s drink, here’s another fantastic Latin American cocktail, this one from South America’s cuisine capital, Peru: the Pisco Sour.  The Pisco Sour is sweet and tart, like a Sour should be, with a complexly herbal aroma from the bitters, but should showcase the Pisco: fruity and vegetal, like fresh grass, smooth but with a citrusy finish.  This drink incorporates raw egg white, and that’s not for everyone.  You can make a Pisco Sour without the egg, and it will still be a tasty Sour.  But a true Pisco Sour with the egg is silky and rich, with a gorgeous head of foam that you’d miss out on.

Read below for the full recipe!

Pisco Sour

2 oz Pisco
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White (you can probably get by with 1/2 per drink)
Angostura Bitters

Combine the Pisco (a clear Peruvian or Chilean grape Brandy), juice, syrup, and egg white in a shaker with a flat top (that is, a Boston or Parisian Shaker).  Add one or two big ice cubes.  Cocktail Kingdom sells a tray for making 2 inch cubes that are perfect for many cocktails like this.  Shake hard – the idea is to use the ice cubes as a piston to give this drink its great froth.  Strain well, making sure to shake out all the froth.  Top with the bitters and, if you’re feeling artistic, use a toothpick to draw a shape or pattern in the froth, then enjoy!


Peru’s grape and Pisco industries, introduced by the Spanish at least by the 16th century, are centered around the fertile river valleys that make life possible along the country’s desert coast, towns like Ica and, of course, Pisco.  Pisco is distilled from the first pressing of grapes and aged only in non-reactive vessels, such as glass or the more traditional botijas – giant clay pots – which leaves the spirit clear but mellow.  Americans began drinking lots of Pisco in the 1850s, when it was easy to import the spirit to Gold Rush California (a hot bed of cocktail innovation).  It largely disappeared from the U.S. during Prohibition, but was reintroduced after Victor Morris, an American bartender living in Peru, invented the Pisco Sour around 1920; the drink eventually made its way back here.  A good thing it did!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper